“Laudato Si…” Mangrove Tree Planting 2019 with UPRI’s GINA Mobile Application


The UPRI participated in the “Laudato Si…” Mangrove Tree Planting event last 13 October 2019 in Katunggan Ecopark, Leganes, Iloilo organized by the Religious of Mary Immaculate, Jaro, Iloilo. The event, in celebration of the “Year of the Youth” was done to empower the youth that they can be part of change and to help raise awareness in climate change mitigation through mangrove tree planting.

“Laudato Si…” Mangrove Tree Planting 2019 Poster


Religious of Mary Immaculate (RMI) in Jaro, Iloilo has a Youth Center and dormitory that offers Alternative Learning System and courses like dress making, caregiving, basic computer courses. These courses are offered to students of ages 16-30 years who were from out-of-school youth kasambahay, pedicab drivers, etc. The RMI engages its students and residents (RMI Youth) in its activities which includes the “Laudato Si” Mangrove Tree Planting Event 2019.

RMI Facilities: Caregiving Room, Classroom, Computer Room and Dress Making Room


UP Resilience Institute introduced the GINA App to the RMI Youth and the RMI Community. GINA stands for Growing Indigenous Trees in your Area. This is a mobile application prototype that connects people who want to plant to nurseries that offer seedlings. The app also suggests places to plant and will allow users to offer their own places as planting area. GINA also shows tree planting events around the country to which users can join. The application is also gamified, users can earn points per activity done thru the GINA.

Mr. Jude Agapito (UPRI) introducing the GINA App to the RMI Youth and Community


Mr. Jude Agapito (UPRI) and Sister Lerma (RMI) explaining the relevance of tree planting


After almost half-day of planting, 950 Bungalon and 100 Bakhaw Mangrove trees were planted by the RMI Community at the Katunggan Ecopark. GINA was used to document and share the tree planting event. Almost 100 youth/participants including UPRI planted in the event.

Mr. Jude Agapito (UPRI) planting a mangrove tree


GINA App’s Map showing the mangrove trees planted in the event


GINA App showing Sister Lerma’s (RMI) planted tree


GINA App showing Joy Avilla’s (RMI Youth) planted tree